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About Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Shanghai, China's largest city, has two airports – Hongqiao and Pudong. The former, Hongqiao International Airport, handles domestic and a small selection of international flights. This Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport guide provides information on terminal facilities and public transport access.


Each Arrivals and Departures hall of both terminals has an information counter.


Driving directions:

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is easily accessible via the S20 Shanghai Outer Ring Expressway (上海外环高速公路), which encircles the central districts of Shanghai, offering a direct route to the airport from various parts of the city.

Transfer between terminals:

At Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, the distance between Terminals 1 and 2 is 2km (1 mile). Terminal 2 is right by Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, with high-speed trains heading to Beijing, Hangzhou, and Nanjing, while Terminal 1 is on the other side of the airfield. To transfer between terminals, passengers can either take a free shuttle or Metro Line 10.

The shuttle service runs from 06:00 to 22:30 and arrives at 60-minute intervals, making stops at Terminal 1 (Gate 6, Departures Hall) and Terminal 2 (Gate 1, Arrival Hall). The journey time is about 15 minutes.

Metro Line 10 connects Terminals 1 and 2. Tickets are available at station kiosks; the journey time is about 5 minutes.

Airport Info

2550 Hongqiao Road

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is about 20km (12 miles) west of Yu Garden, a hugely popular attraction in the old town of Shanghai.

The distance between Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 55km (34 miles). Depending on traffic, it takes about an hour to drive from one to another.

At Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, the distance between Terminals 1 and 2 is 2km (1 mile). Please see the section on "Transfer between terminals" for more information.

No. of terminals:

+86 21 96990

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: 11 bus routes are available from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to various places in Shanghai. For example, Airport Line 1 connects Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport with Pudong International Airport, while Line 316 provides direct access to the Bund, a major tourist destination.

Taxi: Metered taxis are available outside both terminals. To get an estimate of taxi fares, which vary based on the distance and traffic conditions, visit this page.

Public transport rail:

Rail: Hongqiao Airport's Terminal 2 is adjacent to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, a central transport hub serving the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, the Shanghai-Hangzhou High-Speed Railway, and the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity High-Speed Railway.

Metro: Hongqiao Airport has three Metro access points:
• Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1: Metro Line 10
• Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2: Metro Lines 2 and 10
• Hongqiao Railway Station: Metro Lines 2, 10 and 17

Metro Line 2 connects Hongqiao International Airport with Pudong International Airport. The journey time is 90 minutes, possibly longer if the train terminates early at another station.

Terminal facilities


ATMs are available.

There is a currency exchange counter near Gate 4, Arrivals Hall, in Terminal 2. However, foreigners arriving in Shanghai should note that cash is not commonly accepted in China now. Travellers should download AliPay or WeChat Pay before the trip.

For Malaysian travellers, the mobile payment Touch 'n Go becomes AliPay in China, meaning it can be used for a vast majority of services (except those requiring WeChat Pay specifically).


Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has more food choices than Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Travellers can expect anything from fast-food chains to Shanghainese dumplings.


Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has a good selection of gift shops and designer boutiques. Duty-free shops are available in Terminals 1 and 2.


Left luggage: Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has luggage storage facilities in both terminals:
• Near Gate 5, Departures Hall, Terminal 1
• Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2

Lost & found at Hongqiao Airport: For travellers who have misplaced items within Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
• Call +86 21 2234 4553 or go to the counter near Gate 5, Departures Hall, Terminal 1
• Call +86 21 2238 1086 or go to the counter opposite Gate 1, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2

Lost & found on an airplane: Contact the airline you flew with.


Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has medical rooms at the following locations:
• Near Gate T01, Terminal 1
• Near Gate T20, Terminal 1
• Near Gate 50, Terminal 2
• At B1-M3-B6, before security

Foreigners seeking the 24-hour visa-free transit should ask the immigration officer for a temporary entry permit.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

Shanghai Boyue Hotel, located in Terminal 2, has extensive meeting and conference facilities.

A few VIP lounges within the airport also provide basic business facilities.

Communication Facilities:

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Mobile SIM cards: Passengers arriving at Hongqiao International Airport are advised to get a mobile SIM card in the International Arrivals Hall. Seamless mobile connectivity means travellers can use mobile payment for immediate purchases like train tickets.

Disabled facilities:

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has standard accessibility features such as ramps, elevators and modified toilets.

Travellers who require special arrangements should contact the airline at least 48 hours before travelling.

Car parking:

Both terminals have big car parks nearby.

Car rental:

A travel helpdesk is in Terminal 2 where staff can help with car rental and hotel reservation services.

Foreign nationals who plan to drive in China must obtain a Chinese driving license or a provisional driving permit from the Chinese authorities. An International Driving Permit from one's home country is not accepted in China.

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